13 Perfect Asparagus Recipes for Spring

Spring has officially sprung. Very seldom will you want to be stuck in a hot kitchen preparing lunch or dinner. You are going to want to be hanging out at the pool or picnicking at the park. But, you're also going to want to still eat light and healthy fare to be swimsuit ready for the summer. Yes? {I know. It's on every girl's mind this time of year...the daunting swim suit.} 1. First, a wealth of asparagus knowledge can be found on Relish. | 2. Picky Palette shares her recipe for Bacon Parmesan Spaghetti with Asparagus, Corn and Heirloom Tomatoes. Serve this dish chilled for a twist. | 3. This Asparagus, Strawberry and Arugula Salad from Key Ingredient has springtime written all over it. 1. This Lemon Truffle Pasta with Asparagus and Porcini Mushrooms is a warm dish but it is … [Read more...]

9 Delicious and Healthy Green Salads

I don't know about you, but at this time of year I start getting summer on my mind. Warm evenings, time with family and friends, and barbecued dinners. Lemonade on the front porch, naps in a hammock, and kids staying up way too late playing outside.  In other words, the good life. Summer to me also means lighter fare. Less pasta and heavy sauces and more crunchy vegetables and vinaigrettes.  Oh, sure...I love my salads with other savory yumminess like cheeses and nuts and warm chicken hot off the grill. But the health benefits of all of those veggies are still there.  The fact this healthier eating makes putting on those summer skirts and shorts a bit easier? A healthy, delicious bonus. So in anticipation of summer, I'm sharing with you some amazing salad recipes I can't wait to try. … [Read more...]

10 Recipes For Smoothies

Smoothies? Are the yum. I love starting my day with a delicious smoothie, chock full of fruits (and sometimes veggies!). I have smoothie recipes bookmarked for when we need extra vitamin C or a smoothie recipe for getting extra protein in our diets. My boys love them, too. (Okay, some more than others.)  Once one of my bigger boys asked if there was ice cream in his strawberry banana smoothie.  No, dear. That's the beauty of blending a bunch of delicious flavors together. It's a real treat.We also call that a motherhood win! Interested in some of my favorite smoothie recipes? Good! Because I've compiled ten of my favorite delicious and healthy smoothie recipe links just for YOU. Enjoy! 1.) Peach Cobbler Protein Shake by Dashing Dish. 2.) Healthy Protein Smoothies by Cooking … [Read more...]

Roasted Vegetables Winter Mash

Three roots for side dishes (pun intended)! Winter vegetables are sometimes hard to come by, but lucky for us, the rooted vegetables are in season during the winter. Their flavor is hearty and creamy, without having to add heavy cream into the mix. Also, by roasting the vegetables, not only do you have easy clean up, but the roasting process gives them such a wonderful flavor. This roasted winter mash will complement pretty much any meat and vegetable dish you have planned for a winter dinner. In these four easy steps, you'll have a lovely winter side dish on your table in no time: Prep Roast Purée Serve Roasted Winter Mash Ingredients 1 medium white potato, washed and diced 1 parsnip, washed, peeled and diced 1 turnip, washed and diced 2 garlic cloves, … [Read more...]

5 Fabulous Side Dishes for Winter

Side dishes at their finest on these cold winter nights will certainly impress even picky palates. It's hard to say no to produce picked at its peak and made into both healthy and decadent side dishes that will complement any winter meal. 1. Cake Mix Corn Bread from  Blissfully Domestic A winter meal isn't complete without bread. You may ask yourself, why is this bread special? Well, it tastes as good as it looks since it is made with a cake mix and corn mix. Sweet and savory to complement any winter dish. 2. Stovetop Butternut Macaroni and Cheese from Lauren's Latest What a lovely way to warm up with the traditional comfort food of macaroni and cheese. Hiding butternut squash in the dish, not only adds flavor and creaminess, but makes it a little healthier for you. … [Read more...]

Chicken and Dumplings

The weather outside is frightful, but a hot bowl of comfort food is so delightful and down South, there are few things for comforting than a steaming bowl of Chicken and Dumplings. Chicken and Dumplings, is one of those recipes that is practically synonymous with southern hospitality, homemade and comfort food. Warm, fluffy, doughy dumplings topping, hot delicious flavor packed chicken and vegetables. Chicken and Dumplings made with love can soothe the savage beast and warm up the coldest noses and toes(es). This delicious recipe is easy to follow and simple to make, but packed with flavor and goodness. Chicken & Dumplings 3 tablespoons oil, divided 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cubed Salt to taste Pepper to taste 1 onion 1 stalk celery, … [Read more...]